28 April 2008
25 April 2008
Last week Garty and I had our first legitimate conversation on the playground after school. (I say conversation because we took turns talking, and his responses were always appropriate to the situation.) Here's how it went:
- G: (putting a bunch of woodchips in my hand) 'At rice.
- B: Thank you!
- G: Eat it.
- B: (pretending to eat it)
- G: (waving his hands in the air) Hot!
23 April 2008
16 April 2008
14 April 2008
The first picture shows pretty well how incredibly skinny Joshua was when we met him a year ago. However, nothing accurately depicts how skinny his arms and legs felt the first time I greased his little body. It actually felt gross to touch him because I could feel every bone. A year later, he's put on over 20 pounds, has nice strong muscles, and has gained several inches. We're still working on shrinking his enormous belly.
Looking beyond the physical, Joshua has blossomed this year in unbelievable ways. He was so incredibly fearful (and understandably so) when we first met him. He would fight us at bedtime and couldn't go to sleep unless he could see us. Now we turn off everything but a nightlight and leave with no questions asked. He even gets up by himself when his alarm goes off at 11:30pm to go to the bathroom. He gladly goes outside to play without us by his side. He now tries new activities hesitantly but without terror. He runs up the stairs to children's church on Sundays. He doesn't freak out when we leave him with grandparents or a babysitter. In fact, we often have to beg him for a goodbye hug and kiss.
We knew from day 1 that Joshua was very bright, but we never imagined that he would learn to read his first year home. After all, he had to learn to speak American English before he could possibly learn to read it. Last night he read more than 50% of Go, Dog, Go without help. He loves school. (Remember the first week of school?) He has become quite the little socialite and is very popular with students and teachers alike. He has even found himself a little girlfriend.
Joshua's horrific tantrums and unbelievable anger still surface on a rare occasion, but the miserable days of hour long wailing, kicking, and venom are gone. He's generally well behaved and functions well when he knows his perameters.
We're so blessed by our little boy. We were so nervous about adopting a 5-year-old, but now we can't imagine life any other way.
10 April 2008
Evidently a year does make a big difference in some respects because both Joshua and Patience choked on tiny fish bones. A year ago they would have sucked all the meat off them and spit them out without any trouble as Mommy sat nervously by. They had even forgotten all about "peppah soup" despite the fact that for months after they came home they would always pretend to make it for us. I was so excited that it was actually one of the 4 menu items, but they didn't seem to care one way or the other. It's sad to see them forgetting their past, but there's only so much we can do to remind them.
Because we missed out on dessert at the restaurant, we stopped at the McDonald's down the street and brought sundaes home to eat. You can't get more American than that. The crazy thing is that both Joshua and Patience said they were full and couldn't finish their ice cream!!!!!!!!! We knew that some day they would have to admit that they were full, and it finally happened. We could hardly believe it. Actually, all 3 of them looked like their bellies were going to pop. They definitely consumed enough Liberian food to last until next April.
We ended our evening by watching the video that was taken when we picked them up at the orphanage. It was a great night of remembering.
09 April 2008
07 April 2008
03 April 2008
This may be hard to believe, but just a few hours before my first styling appointment, someone told me my hair looked really fantastic. Now Joshua insists on styling sessions every afternoon to make sure that never happens again. Of course, I get my hair done for free. You'll have to pay a lot of money to get this look.
02 April 2008
Please get a dog... or 2 or 3. Nothing makes me happier than dogs. I prefer ones that will lick my face all over until Mommy won't even kiss me anymore. Mommy says that Daddy's allergies, her lack of patience, and our finances aren't a good fit for a dog. We have 2 cats. They're OK to chase, but they mostly run and hide. They never lick me. When you get a dog, I will visit you lots. I will laugh and laugh and laugh. I'm very cute to watch when I'm playing with a dog. Actually, I'm always cute. If you could see my cute face right now, you'd definitely get a couple of dogs. If you already have dogs, or as soon as you get them, call me right away. I talk on the phone now.